Ireland News

Buffett Helps Ireland’s Vhi Insurance Avoid Bailout with $99M Subordinated Loan

Irish state-owned health insurer Vhi Insurance DAC borrowed money from Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. to help avoid a bailout as the company comes under central bank regulation for the first time. Berkshire gave Vhi a 90 million-euro [$97.6 million) …

UK Accounting Watchdog Probes Former Employees of RSA’s Irish Unit

The UK Financial Reporting Council is investigating former employees of RSA Insurance Group plc’s Irish unit regarding accounting irregularities in 2012. “The FRC has decided to investigate the conduct of certain individual members,” the accounting and auditing authority said in a …

CNA Hardy Appoints Clements as Distribution Director, Europe

CNA Hardy has appointed Andy Clements as distribution director, Europe.  He will report to Elliot Miller, head of UK regions and Luc Malâtre, VP field operations. Clements will be responsible for building effective and long lasting strategic relationships with broker …

Ireland’s FBD Holdings Reports Worse-Than-Forecast Operating Loss, Weak Outlook

FBD Holdings plc plunged in Dublin trading after the Irish insurer’s full-year results missed its own downgraded forecast and its operating profit outlook for 2015 fell short of analysts’ expectations. FBD declined 14 percent to 10.50 euros at 9:35 a.m., …

Probe of RSA’s Irish Division at ‘Advanced Stage’, Says Irish Central Bank

Ireland’s central bank said its probe into an accounting scandal at RSA Insurance Group plc’s Irish division is moving toward a conclusion and decisions on possible sanctions will be made once it’s completed. “An investigation into historical claims-reserving practices at …

Swiss Re Offers Food, Drink Protection for UK, Ireland, Italy

Swiss Re Corporate Solutions has partnered with UK-based crisis management consultancy The RQA Group to launch comprehensive Contaminated Products Insurance for the food and drink industry in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Italy. The cover offers protection in both the …

Best Affirms Greenlight Re and Affiliates Ratings; Outlook Stable

A.M. Best Co. has affirmed the financial strength rating (FSR) of ‘A’ (Excellent) and issuer credit rating (ICR) of “a” of Greenlight Reinsurance, Ltd., as well as the FSR of ‘A-‘ (Excellent) and ICR of “a-” of Greenlight Re’s affiliate, …

Best Affirms ACE Limited, No. Am. P&C Affiliates ‘A+’ Ratings

A.M. Best Co. has affirmed the financial strength ratings (FSR) of ‘A+’ (Superior) and issuer credit ratings (ICR) of “aa” of the North America property/casualty subsidiaries of ACE Limited, which is based in Zurich, as well as its ratings for …

EU Insurers Still Coming to Terms with Solvency II as Start Date Nears

“Over the next 18 months it’s estimated that Ireland will spend 100 million euros (app. $125 million) on preparations for Solvency II (SII),” said Garvan O’Neill, a partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ financial services practice, who headed a panel discussion on the …

Traynor Joins Greenlight Re Ireland to Build UK, Europe Expansion

Greenlight Reinsurance Ireland, Ltd., a subsidiary of Cayman Islands-based Greenlight Capital Re, Ltd., a specialist property and casualty reinsurer, announced that Caryl J. Traynor officially joined the company on June 1, 2012, serving in the role of General Manager and …